Comic tales of a group of good friends, 4 boys and 2 girls, during breaks in primary school, as they grow up, relate to each other, and have brushes with authority.
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Rickey D'Shon Collins ...
 Vince LaSalle (129 episodes, 1997-2001)
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 Mikey Blumberg (129 episodes, 1997-2001)
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 Gretchen Grundler (129 episodes, 1997-2001)
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 Spinelli (129 episodes, 1997-2001)
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 Gus Griswald (127 episodes, 1997-2001)
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 Theodore J. 'T.J.' Detweiler / ... (101 episodes, 1998-2001)
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Comic tales of a group of good friends, 4 boys and 2 girls, during breaks in primary school, as they grow up, relate to each other, and have brushes with authority. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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31 August 1997 (USA)  »

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Disney's Recess  »

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1.33 : 1
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Although, Gus' first appearance was in the second episode, "The New Kid," he was not seen in "The Great Jungle Gym Standoff." This has sparked speculation that this episode took place before "The New Kid." See more »

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Miss Alordayne Grotkey: Ok, so everyone who didn't do their homework last night will be challenged to a double load.
[the class groans]
Miss Alordayne Grotkey: And anyone who did their homework can have the night off.
Gretchen: YES! WOOHOO!
[realizes she's the only one cheering]
Gretchen: Umm, I mean... Boo, the unfairness?
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Spin-off Recess: School's Out (2001) See more »

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Wonderful!
3 January 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first encountered this great series a short while back when babysitting, and can only regret that it wasn't around when I was at school! Sharper, wittier and more acerbic than standard Disney fare, it still packs a healthy dose of Disney morals and lessons into each episode without being overwhelmed by them, thank heavens.

The idea is simplicity itself: a group of tight-knit ten-year-old friends battle to overcome problems and enemies (often in the shape of an authority figure!) within the confines of school, the playground, the odd field trip and of course, the daily doses of Recess. The fun, however, lies in the outrageous situations that spring up, the even crazier solutions, and the delightfully extreme characters that populate the school.

At the centre of it all is the gang of six: the leader T.J (a sort of pre-teen Fonzie) who always has a plan (or six) and enough moral fibre for the whole playground, hot-tempered, feisty Spinelli, Gretchen, the smartest girl in school (and possibly the nation) gentle giant Mikey, ultra-cool sports fanatic Vince, and pint-sized, fearful Gus. Together they take on dilemmas ranging from bullying and what to do about it, to unfair teachers, playground fads and classroom snitches (not to mention the savage kindergärtners!) Characterisation as aforementioned is delightfully extreme - kudos to whoever came up with Gretchen and Spinelli in particular! Gus is a constant source of humour - Vince and Mikey are solid support, but T.J, who combines the wisdom of Huckleberry Finn and the coolness of the Fonz, along with a mischievous streak that would do Bart Simpson proud is a continual stroke of genius. 10/10!


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